BREAKING: Multiple sources have reported to Oxebridge that Katie Arrington has been removed from DOD OUSD A&S, her clearance suspended and building access withdrawn.
While this rumor has persisted for the last week, Oxebridge now has sufficient confirmation from different sources. DoD is calling this “indefinite leave” and it comes as Arrington faces multiple investigations, one for “misuse of office.” That latter allegation came from her public claims that only consultants approved by her office or the CMMC AB could operate in the CMMC industry. Government officials are prohibited from using their office to promote private companies.
One source indicated that Arrington will claim the departure is “health-related.”
It’s not clear what this means for the CMMC scheme, which has been plagued with scandals and controversies.
More details to come.
UPDATE 22 May 2021: An article appearing on the (paywalled) site Inside Defense confirms that Arrington was removed from overseeing the CMMC program. Her superior, Jesse Salazar, has stepped in to take on the role. Salazar then confirmed this during official testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Arrington’s primary job at DOD, if not her only job, was to oversee CMMC, so the ouster would leave her little to do. To date, the DOD has not formally announced Arrington’s departure from DOD.
UPDATE 31 May 2021: Sources now report that Arrington’s clearance has been suspended, not revoked, and that the terms have different meanings under DoD policy. The reporting has been updated.
UPDATE 28 October 2021: Arrington is suing the Federal government over her clearance suspension.
UPDATE 31 January 2022: Arrington has dropped her case, allowing it to be dismissed with prejudice. The parties claim a settlement agreement was reached, but one was not filed with the court. Arrington may not re-file.
UPDATE 2 February 2022: The DoD has eliminated the CISO position held by Arrington, leaving her no position to come back to. If she returns to Federal government services, she would have to be re-assigned.
UPDATE 7 February 2022: Arrington has resigned.